Starting June 11, Caltech welcomed more than 750 undergraduate students onto campus and into its residence halls for the official start of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships and WAVE Fellows programs, which run through mid-August. This is the first full return to summer programming on campus since 2019.
The students, including more than 350 Caltech undergraduates, will spend the next 10 weeks working on innovative research projects in collaboration with faculty mentors and JPL scientists and engineers. At the end of the summer, they will present on their research.
"The start of summer is always an exciting time and this year even more so," says Candace Rypisi, assistant vice provost and director of student-faculty programs. "In addition to the research, we are once again able to offer our full array of academic and professional development programs this summer."
As part of the Institute's continuing health and safety measures during the pandemic, all students participating in the program will be required to submit twice-weekly surveillance samples to the Institute's on-campus surveillance testing program and to adhere to indoor masking requirements. This is the first year that program participants will also have full access to the Institute's health and mental services during their stay.
Over the course of the summer, we will connect with students in this year's program to hear about their experience participating in research at Caltech.